Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Tottenham
Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to hold Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in their Premier League clash on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to hold Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw in their Premier League clash at The Emirates on Saturday lunchtime.
The Gunners head into the game looking to get back to winning ways after the disappointment of their 3-1 loss to Manchester City before the international break.
Arsenal are aiming to get their Premier League title bid back on track after having already fallen 12 points behind leaders Manchester City after just 11 games of the new campaign.
Spurs, meanwhile, have been in solid form this season and find themselves in third place in the Premier League table as they look to try and challenge for the title this term.
The stage looks set for a thrilling north London derby at The Emirates, but former defender Lawrenson feels that the two teams are likely to cancel each other out.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “This feels like a strange game to start us off again after two weeks without the Premier League.
“There has still been plenty of hype about it, but I think there would have been more without the international break.
“Will that hype be justified? Probably not. I have a feeling both teams will cancel each other out, and both of them will be happy enough with a point.
“Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was unhappy with the decisions that went against his side in their defeat by Manchester City last time out, but I was there – and City deserved to win.
“Tottenham won their last game before the international break, against Crystal Palace, but they made hard work of it.
“They will be better this weekend, though, because Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks will all be back after missing out on England duty through injury.”
Arsenal are aiming to win the Premier League title for the first time since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign under Arsene Wenger.
The north London side finished fifth in the table last season but won the FA Cup for the third time in four years, beating Chelsea in the final back in May.